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Metal Collector: Gathered Tales from Headbangers

May 20th, 2017

You’ve all been politely hounding me to get this finished. So… five years in the making, I present to you…
 
Metal Collector: Gathered Tales from Headbangers

 

Here’s the back cover, which explains the concept, plus a gaggle of excerpts from readers who provided stories.

With Metal Collector: Gathered Tales from Headbangers, author of 60 books, Martin Popoff went to his readers with the following requests:

Tell me a cool story of a great deal you got, or a major purchase, or just a crazy, awesome shopping trip you once made/

Tell me a cool story about obtaining autographs, either successfully or crashed in flames! Note: this is my favourite question—I’d rather have five of these stories than anything else here.

Tell me a cool story about meeting one of your rock ‘n’ roll idols, either casually in town or for a photo etc. If you have more than one, bring it on—I find these fascinating.

How about an amazing concert experience or two? But not just if it was cool. Only if something very weird or historic happened, either on stage or in the crowd.

What are a few of the very coolest things you have? Perhaps tell me how you obtained them. How about a weird piece of memorabilia?

What is your very fondest memory of wanting something so bad, and then finding it, buying it, getting it as a present etc.? Or maybe one of the earliest or first records ever?

Finally, why do you collect music stuff?

For four years he complied their stories, and the answers in the aggregate have now become a touching, amusing, occasionally disturbing (and more than occasionally drunken) celebration of manic fandom, with a focus on hard rock and heavy metal but the occasional side-trip into pop, punk and prog just to warm the cockles.

Popoff adds a couple dozen of his own fondest magic moments on the job, interviewing rock stars, and in the process, often letting his own autograph habit get a little out of control. The end result is an action-packed but accessible ramble an’ reverie on the nature of stuff, written by—and for—our tribe of happy headbangers.

Here are a few excerpts from the tales y’all told!:

I hung the two autographs up on my mirror in my apartment. One was for Doug, our bass player who worshipped Chris Squire. After three weeks, I took the autographs down and threw them out. Ask me why I did this, I have no idea. I still have magazines and cassettes from 20 or 25 years ago that aren’t even worth $3.00. I have an Ozzy signature somewhere and zero other sigs from my “Top 30” band guys. Go figure.

And actually, Roger Waters comes around the corner and he slows down and he kind of looks at what we’re doing. It’s really kind of funny because I didn’t even ask Mr. Waters for an autograph that time. He’s like, “Well, it turns out the guitar player in my band has some history.”

And Micky Dolenz was standing there. And I handed Peter his solo album to sign, and he picked it up and he jammed it into Micky’s face and said, “Ha ha ha ha!” as if to say, I’ve done a solo album and you haven’t, you lazy piece of shit.

I went into Planet Hollywood on 57th in NYC and was walking towards the bar where in a corner I saw David Coverdale. I then thought, hey isn’t he…? And as I am thinking this in my brain, I see Jimmy Page sitting at the table.

Mr. Anderson decided to take full control of the situation, and this is how it went. “Okay, will everyone listen? I need to be somewhere else very soon. So I will sit in that cab (points at a waiting hackney cab); you will all line up in an orderly fashion and I will sign one item only each, one only.

Alice was performing a song called “Pick Up the Bones” whilst carrying around a bag of bloodied bones. And the jawbone fell out right at my chest level where I was up against the stage. Naturally I snapped it up and luckily two weeks later Alice was performing at a local arena here in CT. I managed to get a backstage pass and when I got up to his table for an autograph, I dropped the jawbone on the table with a thud and said, “You dropped this in Boston two weeks ago. Do you want it back?!” He was so shocked to see it. He finally said, “Oh, you’re the one that got it. No, you can keep it!” I told him what had happened and asked if he can sign it which he naturally obliged and I can safely say it resides in a place of honour—in my chiropractic office, naturally!

We just looked at each other shaking our heads in disbelief. Six-and-a-half hours. Six-and-a-half fuckin’ hours we waited to meet one of the biggest names in hard rock and he couldn’t be bothered to acknowledge us in any way, shape or form.

Andy was a mess. He had a “handler” that was really just a young Asian kid holding him up.

Slayer Hell Awaits: I crashed a car and set my speaker wires on fire listening to this album.

As I entered the shop he was on the phone and the first words I heard coming out of his mouth were, “If I see that bitch I’ll chop her head off with an axe!”

This is what you do in this situation. You throw your rings at the guy and run, which is what we did. We ran so fast, and the guy gets down on one knee and points the gun and my friend swears he fired it—I don’t remember—but right then, the bus showed up and saved us!

Those rednecks, when they played their two hits, put their girlfriends on their shoulders and it was just a hillbilly hoedown.

In 1987 I celebrated my 18th birthday and also my sister’s 15th so my parents decided to send us to Europe backpacking. Crazy old fellas, God bless them.

I love Tristan Narvaja’s flea market in Montevideo, Uruguay. Do you want Purple’s Made in Japan in a single record with the Mk I picture? Or the censored Sabbath Bloody Sabbath? Go there. Preferably in the company of a local.

The cover looked cool, and they had a song titled “Nude Disintegrating Parachute Woman,” and that is the only reason I bought it.

A higher-up stormed into my store, pulled me into the office, slammed the door and yelled. And yelled. And pointed a lot and yelled some more. It was a weird feeling. Here I was getting screamed at so much that the dogs could hear it four miles away, but also elated about my Iron Maiden find at the exact same time.

Megadeth So Far, So Good… So What!: Ya damn straight, so what! I’ve listened to this album since I was 16 and never stopped. When I was 24 or so, I was in NY City with Tom Delaney at the toll booth listening to this one and watched a guy in an SUV, on a cell phone, smack into an 18-wheeler! Tim Thurston recognized this album was so sacred he tried to kick someone’s ass when they broke my copy. He lost the fight, but I’ll always remember he shed his blood for a Megadeth album.

Wade asked me, “Have you heard of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal?” I hadn’t, but even the name made my blood race and my mind spin. Then he became the second human to give my life course correction by putting Head On by Samson on his record player.

He—The Professor—eventually moved across that particular street to a fourth floor old dance studio with approximately ten times the space that they never had the chance to fill. I can’t imagine the monumental move that was. Nevertheless, not more than three months after the move, the entire building burned down!

I’d love for walrus man to know that I made my investment back in one transaction and it’s still paying dividends 13 years later. Thanks, buddy for being such a dipshit. God bless him from the bottom of my wallet and my music-loving soul.

If you asked a question like, “Do you have any Supertramp?,” you might come out of there with a black eye. And no Supertramp under your arm. They always had some obscure punk record playing on 11 in there. They didn’t want people sticking around too long.

I can almost imagine tumbleweeds blowing through when you entered the shop. The staff consisted of rather bored individuals that seemed to last about a week before he, or she, was replaced by another drone. Knowledge of their profession was non-existent. The only qualifications for being hired was breathing.

I found metal at the beginning of my teenage years. You remember that time when you feel that you don’t belong and no one gets you and questions about your place in the world seem to be unanswerable.

From third grade up to fifth grade, I lived in a very small town. My parents would give me 75 cents a day to eat lunch in the school cafeteria. I would never eat lunch. Instead, I would save my money and at the end of each week I would have $3.75. Records were $3.50 in those days.

After Bonham died and the tour got canned, he kept the unused stub in a photo album. And to my recollection, it looked damn real to me. I’m pretty certain he, or a relative, bought the ticket in Montreal. And then… I was at the park the day he traded the ticket for $20, a Koho hockey stick and about a dozen or so stubby Molson Canadians, not even in a case, but in an old burlap sack.

I was at a King Diamond show in around 2004 in Hollywood and I silently said “The Lord’s Prayer” and the band was coming out of the mellow part of “Sleepless Nights” when someone hit a totally bad note, fucking up the song. King came right over to me and scowled. That really happened.

One time some friends put me up to calling Capitol and pretending I was a music journalist to interview Blackie Lawless. The mag we came up with was As the World Burns and Blackie did call me and we talked for an hour-and-a-half! I feel bad now, and you know, a month after that a wasp flew under my shirt and stung me while I was laying on the lawn at my job during lunch break—retribution.

There was that Rainbow show in 1996 when Ritchie had his eyes closed playing a solo. Doogie and his wife were dancing kind of silly with each other, arms around backs and hands linked. Ritchie opened his eyes and seeing this flew into a rage and kicked his wife off the stage. She was singing backups, but that was it for her!

After the show the guys in the band were hanging out. There was a black wig floating around that one of the guys put on a broom handle and started talking to it like it was Ritchie. They ended up kicking the wig across the floor, again, like it was Ritchie.

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Price for Metal Collector including shipping:
US orders: $33.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $38.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $38.00 Cdn. funds

http://www.martinpopoff.com/html/metal-collector-gathered-tales-from-headbangers.html

Ask me if you’d prefer a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net . Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to: Martin Popoff, P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!), especially for US and Canadian orders. Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 35 or so books that I have available for autographin’ and shippin’.

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Hit the Lights: The Birth of Thrash By MARTIN POPOFF

March 23rd, 2017

In the logical follow-up to Popoff’s celebrated New Wave of British Heavy Metal trilogy (Smokin’ Valves, Wheels of Steel and This Means War), Martin now brings us Hit the Lights: The Birth of Thrash, attacking heavy metal’s next wave of faster, heavier, angrier sounds, with a geographical shift in the axis to San Francisco and Los Angeles, with a bit of New York, Germany and Canada thrown in for good measure.

image002.jpgUtilizing his celebrated oral history method—rich with detailed chronological entries to frame the story—Popoff executes a slow and ruminating burn through 1981, 1982 and the first half of 1983, culminating in the release of Kill ‘em All, the landmark Metallica album widely considered to be the first thrash metal record proper.

Come join Martin, along with dozens of his old school headbanging buddies (including multiple members from thrash’s big four and beyond), as they together tell the tale of thrash’s forging from the influence of punk, ‘70s metal and the NWOBHM. Venom, Anvil, Exciter, Raven, Exodus, Anthrax, Metallica… they’re all here and willing to explain candidly and at length how and why metal past the implosion of the NWOBHM suddenly found itself barreling down the tracks at breakneck speed.

Price for Hit the Lights including shipping:
US orders: $34.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $39.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $38.00 Cdn. funds

Ask me if you’d prefer a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to: Martin Popoff, P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!), especially for US and Canadian orders. Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 35 or so books that I have available for autographin’ and shippin’.  Note: this will not be at my website for a good ten days, but I have the books now and am shipping them this week.

See www.martinpopoff.com for info on my 58 books.
Latest are:
Rock the Nation: Montrose, Gamma and Ronnie Redefined
Ramones at 40
Metal Heart: Aiming High with Accept
Martin Popoff, PO Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario M4K 2Z2

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Famed Canadian Author MARTIN POPOFF Releases Coffee Table Book On Mötley Crüe

December 7th, 2015

 

Kickstart My Heart: A Mötley Crüe Day-by-Day

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For them regulars amongst you, it’s in the same format as 2 Minutes to Midnight: An Iron Maiden Day-by-Day and Steal Away the Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day, namely timeline with quotes, blow-by-blow of all the mania that is Motley.

Note – I have copies I can sell and ship now, but it’s not at my website yet. This is the same info that will be there in about ten days…

I’ve interviewed all these guys repeatedly over the years, and so most of this is fresh material never seen, along with page after sumptuous page of top-shelf photography.

Here’s an adaptation of the original proposal:

Kickstart My Heart: A Mötley Crüe Day-by-Day is a resounding addition to what has been a pronounced lack of books on Motley Crue since the band’s celebrated and best-selling autobiography The Dirt back in 2001.

Although there have been individual band member biographies since then, few have offered much in the way of substantive chronological information, tour trivia, a record of the band’s many accolades, or, indeed, much on the Crüe’s smash songs and albums themselves.

Essentially, bottom line, there’s been very little generated, other than thin volumes from long ago, written by anybody other than the band themselves. Kickstart My Heart: A Mötley Crüe Day-by-Day aims to rectify that gap in the knowledge, with celebrated metal expert (and three-time Backbeat author) Martin Popoff plotting the chaotic 30+ year run of rock’s most notorious bad boys. The drugs, the booze, the rehabs, the serial wives, the deaths and near deaths, the feuds, and ultimately a level of redemption and establishment in the hallowed book of classic rock… it’s all here in explosive color and more explosive and shocking textual revelation.

Mötley Crüe, with six platinum and multi-platinum albums, as well as a handful of golds, is perhaps the biggest and last of the “under-booked” band in all of rock. And such a phenomenon calls for action, given the millions of Crue fans who grew up with such hits as “Shout at the Devil,” Looks That Kill,” Too Young to Fall in Love,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Same Ol’ Situation” and namesake of this high volume volume, “Kickstart My Heart.” The band’s tours are legendary for their bombast and excess, and Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee are each, to a man, pop culture icons whose lives have been loaded with headline-grabbing drama since the band hit the Strip running in 1980.

Kickstart My Heart: A Mötley Crüe Day-by-Day aims to be a momentous addition to Mötley scholarship—and the first major book on the band in 15 years. Adding to the considerable textual substance of the tome (which leaves no Crüe-related scrap of trivia unearthed) is a running oral history of the band, making use of Popoff’s extensive interview material with the band as well as some available press, augmented by an explosion of garish imagery culled from Mötley’s record sleeves, live shows, passes, tickets, ads and memorabilia. Indeed, the Crüe’s apocalyptic fashion sense and pyro-charged live shows makes for some of the most shocking visuals in the heavy metal business, a happenstance that makes each page of this book explode with lurid sleaze rock color.

I know it’s a little pricey, but they cost a lot to buy from the publisher (exchange, shipping, customs) and I am mailing from Canada and they are big heavy books. And I’m signing ‘em, obviously, if that means anything to you!

Price including shipping:
US orders: $44.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $59.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $55.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you’d like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!), especially for US orders.

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:
Martin Popoff
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books.

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Martin Popoff’s new book – Who Invented Heavy Metal?

May 2nd, 2015
Martin Popoff - "Who invented heavy metal?"

Martin Popoff – “Who invented heavy metal?”

Metal’s finest author, Martin Popoff, has a new book out that examines the age old question “Who invented heavy metal?”  Martin says:

“Folks, this was a monster undertaking, comprising quotes from 126 different speakers (mostly the metal-makers themselves), many of them interviewed multiple times, blasted at you with much of my own contextualizing over 120,000 words of oral history, strict and detailed timeline, obsessive philosophizing, punctuated by more than 250 graphics. This book arose from years of debating this question with people, as well as talks I’ve given on the topic at university conferences (the below text is derived from the Finland program). I’ve endeavored to include everything related to the story, the result being a massive arrangement of all the salient arguments, in a weighty tome that ends in 1971!”

It’s one of the great debates in headbanged musicology and the answer is as complicated as it is hotly contested. Martin Popoff’s Who Invented Heavy Metal? provides the most detailed, well argued, reasonable, ridiculously complete, and most lively and readable telling of the early history of heavy metal yet, arming the argumentative headbanger with all the facts and figures one needs on hand to win those bar room bets around this provocative question.

Ultimately, Who Invented Heavy Metal? aims to be a book that doesn’t limit itself to fans of heavy metal, given the genre’s unarguable cultural value and pervasiveness, as well as the wide umbrella of topics discussed within the volume. Put another way, it is the author’s wish that the book provides wide instructional scope of teachable moments through unfolding, subconscious, telling by osmosis of the very history of heavy metal’s origins through events inside the genre but, surprisingly, many events outside of its own kerranging reverberations.

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Win a copy of “HAIR METAL”!

August 13th, 2014
Hair Metal

Hair Metal

Here’s your chance to win a copy of this huge coffee table book “The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade” by Martin Popoff.

Details on the book are below, but if you’re just anxious to enter the contest, here’s the entry form…but first, some simple rules. The contest is only open to residents of Canada and the USA.  One entry per person.

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Martin Popoff’s New Book, Sweating Bullets: The Deth And Rebirth Of MEGADETH Shipping Now!

May 20th, 2014

Martin Popoff here, with what is, at 152,180 words, the fattest, heaviest, most harrowing rock biog I’ve ever done. Indeed, it’s a monster, and it’s called…

Sweating Bullets: The Deth And Rebirth Of Megadeth

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Guys, back cover text below, but just a few opening words. This was going to be two separate books, but at the last minute, I just rolled a fattie.

Basically, it’s the story in detail of ever accursed Megadeth opus, featuring a ton of fresh interview footage, my usual track-by-track analysis, talk of all the tours, the hirings, the firings, the chemicals, but mostly the metal.

It’s 340 pages and more text than usual (but still lot of pictures), in my usual style, namely live shots mixed with all manner of memorabilia.

It’s a tiny bit more expensive because of increased layout and printing and costs, more postage at this weight, plus the months and months of writing that almost killed me. I actually started this thing almost two years ago and it’s got stuff from 32 of my own interviews plus the usual smattering of archival. It’s an epic, and I’m sure even the most dedicated Mega-fan will learn a bunch of stuff. Seriously, it’s the material of two standard books for sorta $4 more than one. And as the back sez:

My Darkest Hour…

Megadeth’s run of thrash classics from the mid ‘80s and up through the ‘90s continue to be celebrated in the metal community long after Dave Mustaine’s band mates have been discarded to the sands of time—save one, Dave “Jr.” Ellefson.

Along the way, there’s Mustaine’s pathology with his ex-friends in Metallica but also a helluva lot of killer metal, as the band works its way up through Peace Sells and So Far, through to the pair of superlative American metal classics, namely Rust In Peace and Countdown To Extinction.

Later came Cryptic Writings and Risk, which threatened to kill the band dead. And yet… the reconstitution of Megadeth after their demoralizing decline and then deflating dispersal at the destructive hand of its leader Dave Mustaine is a story not told ‘til now. But it is a tale worth telling for many reasons, perhaps starting with: a) its instructiveness on how to rebuild and maintain a career in metal and b) the revelations of so much good music to be discovered by metal fans the world over. Quite simply, the recent half of the Megadeth story, spanning the records The World Needs A Hero through Super Collider, includes some of the best and heaviest Megadeth music ever committed to shiny silver, with this author’s personal favourites arriving all over the Endgame album of 2009 and the Thirteen album of 2013.

Come celebrate Mustaine’s vision, track-by-track, as Martin applies his tried and tested methodology to a head-crunching canon of work that is truly as strong at the recent end of the spectrum as it is with the classics you all know and love.

Prices for Sweating Bullets including shipping:
US orders: $39.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $48.00 Cdn. funds
Canadian orders: $42.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you’d like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!) for overseas, or for US and Canada, any three or even four books at once.

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:
Martin Popoff
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books (and no, the Megadeth won’t be there for another week or so, BUT YES, THEY ARE IN MY OFFICE READY TO SHIP).

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Smokin’ Valves: A Headbanger’s Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records By Martin Popoff Released

March 21st, 2014

Smokin’ Valves: A Headbanger’s Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records

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Taking cue from the do-it-yourself attitude of their country’s punk movement, Britain’s up-and-coming heavy metal bands that comprised the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) were not content to wait for record labels to come knocking. Instead, they took to issuing their own music, typically in the form of 7 inch singles but also 12s and full-length album, many indie, some on small labels, and some on the major labels smart enough to get on board (essentially EMI and MCA).

Martin Popoff, author of 45 books on heavy metal (and at 7900, writer of more record reviews than anybody in history across all genres), has undertaken the task of documenting virtually every record large and wee from heavy metal’s most fabled period (beginning essentially in ‘79 with a hard stop at 1983) providing catalogue information, mini reviews as only he can do, plus a gob of thumbnails of those wonderful 7” picture sleeves and LP covers.

Note: the lion’s share of the material in Smokin’ Valves: A Headbanger’s Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records combines rewritten and expanded text from Martin’s long out-of-print The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Singles plus the relevant reviews of full-length albums from his Collector’s Guide series, specifically the ‘70s and ‘80s book. These reviews have also experienced judicious editing and rewrites.

Additional features:
– includes a few hundred rare 45 picture sleeve and album cover images
– every record rated out of 10
– layout designed so that albums are distinguished from 7”, 10” and 12” singles/EPs by larger, bolder typestyle
– label, year of release and catalogue number for almost every entry
– two appendices, displaying all 9’s and 10’s for singles as opposed to LPs

Final note, one thing I like about an experience like this book in the internet age, hopefully the idea is that you will read some of these glowing 8 to 10 rated reviews of hopelessly obscure singles you ain’t never going to get alerted to otherwise, and then check out if they can be heard and enjoyed on youtube (many of them can!), so you can decide for yourself, or begin some sort of whacky digital collection of this stuff to park in yer metal library. In that respect, I’m just being a DJ that instead of talking, types.
Price including shipping:
US orders: $35.00 US funds
Int’l orders (air mail): $44.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $37.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted! Direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net or just ask if you want a proper PayPal invoice. easy enuff. Book will be signed by me to YOU unless otherwise request. Gals, take note (long story).

Or… send payment to (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order):
Martin Popoff
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, covers and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books. Nice savings on shipping can be had if you take a few things, and as you know, I’m always good for swingin’ a deal for two books or more. Just email me for a quote. If ya wanna catch up, the six Ye Olde Metals are still available.

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Martin Popoff’s Ye Olde Metal: 1979

September 11th, 2013
Ye Olde Metal: 1979

Ye Olde Metal: 1979

This is the long-anticipated sixth of the series, and the follow-up to Ye Olde Metal: 1978, Ye Olde Metal: 1977, Ye Olde Metal: 1976, Ye Olde Metal: 1973 To 1975 and Ye Olde Metal: 1968 To 1972.

Like those, it’s also limited to 1,000 copies, signed by me, and it’s numbered. On the cover… Riot!

“For those not in the loop yet, what I’m doing with this is detailed examinations of classic old albums, using new interviews with guys in the bands, maybe a little available press here and there. These are write-ups that are way more exhaustive than any commercially viable (!) book would ever dare. You know me, I just love getting the stories, no matter how few of us hard rock historian types care anymore.

This one’s the best so far as I’ve gotten better – period. Better writing, more involved stories, more memorabilia shots, and again, lots of celebrated and mega-rare Rich Galbraith photos, cool old ads, 45 sleeves and other weird stuff. The book is 265 pages, BIGGEST YET, full trade 6” x 9” dimension, and stuffed with trivia folks ain’t never heard before—I guarantee it.”

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Martin Popoff releases four new “making of” eBooks!

June 14th, 2013

Acclaimed Canadian metal author and journalist Martin Popoff has released four new “making of” eBooks. Head to www.zunior.com and stick Martin Popoff name in the search or hit/paste the links below. Each are sweet ‘n’ easy pdfs with color pictures, and lotsa previously unpublished interview footage with the bands.

1) Witchfinder General – Friends Of Hell, 11 pages, 98¢.

http://zunior.com/products/martin-popoff-ebook-witchfinder-general-friends-of-hell

2) Mercyful Fate – Melissa, 17 pages, 98¢.

http://zunior.com/products/martin-popoff-ebook-mercyful-fate-melissa

3) April Wine – Harder… Faster, 14 pages, 98¢.

http://zunior.com/products/martin-popoff-ebook-april-wines-harder-faster

4) Triumph – Just A Game, 10 pages, 98¢.

http://zunior.com/products/martin-popoff-ebook-triumph-just-a-game

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